The Organization of Metal Production at Hattuša: A First Assessment

in Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology
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In this paper we argue that metallurgical production strategies evident at the Bronze Age urban center of Boğazköy, ancient Hattuša, in central Anatolia reflect a highly adapted organization of production. Analytical evidence limited to copper and copper alloys includes the continued and extensive use of a diverse resource base and hierarchically organized production. These data suggest that the organizational development of metallurgy occurred as an elaboration of a means of production that extends back to the early third millennium bc in central Anatolia and persists until at least the end of the second millennium bc. We argue that these data support Yener’s highland production model, which attests not only to the wide applicability of this approach, but also provides insight into how large territorial states like the Hittite empire integrated diverse regions into their economy.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener

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